Could delivery food apps be detrimental to our health?

Popular food delivery apps are a serious health hazard and are adding to the growing obesity epidemic, an expert has said.

Paul Aveyard, professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford, said: “In our advanced capitalist society, we have created an environment that frequently prompts us to eat …As a result of this, most of us are now overweight.  Until we get serious about changing this environmental prompting and supplying food, we are going to struggle to reduce harm from excess weight- no society has yet turned the tide.  Delivery services are part of the environment that is helping drive this problem.”

In 2016 the government reported a staggering 525,000 admissions to the NHS due to obesity and in 2015 68% of men and 58% of women were obese or overweight. This means statistically over half of the people in UK could be heading towards serious health complications due to their weight.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has said the UK is the most obese country in Western Europe

There are several factors that affect these figures however in recent years could the ease of access to unhealthy fast food be an increasingly prevalent component to the deterioration of our health.

In July 2017 it was announced that the biggest fast food chain ‘McDonalds’ will be available for delivery on the app UberEats, with places like KFC and Burger King already available on others.

McDonalds are now delivering

What were once originally places to stop off and get something quick now not even require leaving your front door.

Avid app user Jessica Tolley 19 said: “I use them (apps) all the time, I once ordered Burger King from Deliveroo for lunch and then McDonalds from UberEats for dinner. They make my life so much easier.”

Deliveroo are one of the biggest food delivery services in the UK

The Canterbury hub contacted Deliveroo and UberEats but they were unavailable to comment.

These apps are great for convenience but ultimately could they could be promoting a lazy and unhealthy lifestyle? With obesity figures rising in the UK is this something we need to seriously watch?

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